St. Mary’s Announcements for March 31!

✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! ✠
521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027 ✠ (212) 864-4013

2019 Lenten Devotion Reflection Booklet:
Please be sure to pick up a copy of our 2019 Lenten Devotion Reflection Booklet from the “We Are Not Afraid Episcopal Church” available in the Parish Office or at the Parish Information Table.

Easter Flowers!
Donations are very welcome and a wonderful way to honor the memory of or give thanks for a loved one. Use the Flower Donation envelopes found in your bulletin, or follow the donation instructions on St. Mary’s website

Holy Week and Easter Services
April 14 at 10:30am Palm/Passion Sunday with outdoor procession (weather permitting) at 10:30 am
April 17 at 7 pm Tenebrae
April 18 at 6:30 pm Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing/Agape Meal;
– Vigil at the Altar of Repose through 12am
April 19 at 12 noon Good Friday Service
April 20 at 12 noon Holy Saturday Service in the Garden (weather permitting)
April 20 at 7:30 pm Easter Vigil at St. Philip’s Church 204 West 134th Street
April 21 Festive Easter Day Services at 8 & 10:30 am

Memorial Service for Devante Atkins at Unity Funeral Chapel
Tuesday, April 2 at 2 pm at Frederick Douglass @127th Street

Lenten Service & Supper with St. Edward the Martyr
Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm at 14 West 109th Street, at Fifth Avenue
Lenten services and supper with the Episcopal Churches in Harlem/Manhattan North Inter Parish Council. All are welcome.

Immigrants are US: The (G)eneration Project
Thursday, April 18 at 3:30pm at St. Mary’s
An event for Harlem school children, their families, and the general public. This interactive event will launch a national art campaign by the Harlem Arts Foundation and immigrant artist Harlem resident Edward Hillel. For more information contact Lorna Harris at

✠ We ask your Prayers for ✠

The Missions endorsed by St. Mary’s Vestry:
The Black Lives Matter Movement (
Jubilee USA (
The New Sanctuary Movement (

Our Partners: Unity Fellowship Church, NYC; NYC Adventist Forum; Pamsula Zen; Alanon; Alcoholics Anonymous; Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP); the Episcopal Churches in Harlem (MNIPC); Narcotics Anonymous; Circles of Support/Network; St. Mary’s Center; Urban Qi; Master Anthony Richardson Martial Arts; Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Our Neighbors: 26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force, Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, Templo Biblico.
Everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week,
and anyone who is not able to be with us.

And for the broader church:
The Diocese of New York ( ) | The Episcopal Church ( | The Anglican Communion (

✠ Prayer Requests for Health & Healing✠

Alden, April, Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Jim Butler, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Evie Fortna, Natalie Floyd, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Eva Greene & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Anthony Howell, Ana Jimenez & family, Zaiire King, Camilo Lopez, Joseph Lorde, Desiree Manaiza, Jerry McMillan, Aidan Moctar, Joseph Munzer, Miguel & Liz & Dasanie Nieves, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, Kimberly Snyder, Lisa Valerio, Marsha Williams, Arthur Williams III, Harriet Wyatt.

We also pray for the repose of the soul of Devante Atkins.

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If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to
by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin.

To reach the Rector: please call 929-266-6279 or email:

✠ Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church! ✠


  • Birthday and Anniversary Blessings 1st Sunday of each month.
  • Spirit and Strife Peer Support Group 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm in the rectory – Come share your burdens and joys in this prayerful circle of support. New members always welcome. Spirit and Strife will not meet next week March 3.
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services.
  • Wisdom Circle 3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle:
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship. April 28!
  • The Vestry Fourth Sundays of every month at 12:30 pm. The Vestry is the governing board of St. Mary’s. All are invited. Next meeting: April 28.
  • Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 2:00pm. Led by the Rev. Deborah Rice. Sr. Bishop Zachary Jones.
  • Martial Arts for Children and Adults Sundays starting at 3 pm. Led by Master Anthony Richards.
    Contact the Parish Office for more information.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (We Have a Dream) Sundays at 7:30 pm
  • RDJ Memorial Refugee Shelter – every night!
    The Refugee Shelter at St. Mary’s is always looking for volunteers for overnight shifts and more. This is a great opportunity to support immigrants and refugees in New York City. Please contact
  • Ecclesia Service & Meal 1st Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, volunteers always needed to help prepare and serve the “Second Meal” following the service.


  • Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 12pm in the Parish Hall.
  • St. Mary’s Food Pantry Mondays at 4 pm grocery-style shopping choices available for all neighbors. For more information:
  • Pamsula Zen Meditation Mondays at 6:00 pm in the rectory (6:00 Beginning Instruction, 6:30 Meditation, 7:00 Meditation, 7:30 Talk, Discussion Q&A)


  • Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm; free medical clinic with dental consults 1st& 3rd Tuesdays, psychiatry 1st Tuesdays, occupational therapy 2nd& 4th Tuesdays. No ID required.
  • Refugee Arts Workshop Tuesdays at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Lysander Puccio.


  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135th Street. Inclement weather–meet in the Undercroft. ( Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, free for St. Mary’s members)
  • St. Mary’s Choir Every Wednesday at 6 pm—no audition required, newcomers welcome!
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Men Supporting Men) Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm.


  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Thursday of each month for interfaith justice and peace activism and community. On second Thursdays, our agenda is hands-on work. We gather at 6:30PM to share food, experiences, feelings, followed by strategies for advancing the struggle. For information call Jim White at 201-956-5356. Next meeting: TODAY, March 31.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Convent Ave Group) Thursdays at 7:30 pm


  • Alanon (Harlem Harmony) Every Friday at 11 am.
  • Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. april 5: la bamba, 1987, pg-13, bio-drama, 1h 48mins, rise of rock & roll singer ritchie valens, who died at 17 in the plane crash with buddy holly. w/ lou diamond phillips,


  • Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen every Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Help prepare sandwiches and lunch bags and then distribute them to our neighbors on the street.
  • Metro New York Adventist Forum Led by Ms. Janet Schultz. Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).
  • St. Mary’s Thrift Shop: Fridays 2-5, Saturdays 12-5, Sundays 12-3. All proceeds support St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and its mission to serve homeless and hungry people. Los ingress apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar y hambrientos de Harlem.

Wardens’s Report 2010, St. Mary’s Church


This year, my warden’s report is really more of an exhortation.  Or perhaps, it’s a love poem.  Please bear with me.Rather than going over more business, concrete, and practical matters – all of which are of vital importance to the health, well-being, and continued existence of this place; I thought I’d leave all that in the hands of these most capable folks, and instead this year, I thought I’d tell you how much I love all of you, and how much I love this place. as a warden, one hears a lot around a church:  the whispers, the tirades, the rumbling.  The joyful noise, the caring, the affection.

And I have to say, who we are… amazes me.  You teach me, challenge me, move me, hold me up, call me out, and you make me into a better human being, and a better Christian, every day.  We have this amazing power to do that for each other. Look around right now.  See how different we are.  We are homeless, and renters, and homeowners.  We are working and retired, unemployed ands disabled, and on public benefits.  We are Black and White, Latino and Native American, Asian and of mixed race.  We hold advanced professional degrees and we have a hard time reading.  We are happy and miserable, content and hungry, weary and joyous, unfulfilled and gifted, gruff and friendly, grieving and seeking.  We are parents and grandparents, kids and childless, partnered and solitary.  We are straight and queer and somewhere in between, and we are homophobic.  We are prayerful and angry, bitter and forgiving, hopeful and shut down.  We are stuck and cracking open, at peace and in flight, changing and resistant, hopeful and cringing.

And we are here, together in this place.  We come here and we stay here for different reasons. We come at the beginning of life’s journey and at its end, or somewhere in the middle.  We come hoping to enter into glory, or running from our demons.  We come seeking fulfillment, or enlightenment, or just something to do with our time.  We come for community, or a way to serve the world.  We come to get clean, or to stay sober, or sometimes to use.  Here we find friends, kindred spirits, nemeses, sometimes spouses.  We come looking for love, looking for God, looking for something we cant quite put our finger on.  We come looking for something to eat, looking to make a buck or two.  We come here out of habit, because our mother did, or because our mother never did.  We come with our broken heart in hand looking to be healed.  We come offering our prayers, our selves, to others.

And THAT, all this difference, mysteriously held together in tension, in the nexus, in the crucible of this place, is what is so, so… breathtaking about it.  This place, this Church, these bricks and mortar, these people, this Body, embraces us all, generation after generation, from slavery to an African American president.  St. Mary’s lives on.  And no, it is not always easy, this common life we live together here.  How could it possibly be?  This whole thing is a work of art, an opus, an unending work in progress.  And speaking as an artist; it is always the accidents, the mistakes, the things you don’t mean to happen that that bring you closest to perfection, to the breath of God.

There’s a good chance that this coming year that Earl, Fr. Kooperkamp, will be moving on.  As much as I don’t want that to happen (for our sake, not his) it is bound to, sooner or later.  As some of you well know, a transition in leadership can be very challenging for a church.  When it does happen; it will be very important for us to remember, to cling to our love for one another, even in all our differences, maybe especially in all our differences.  We will need each other even more than we do right now.

God lives in this place, God loves in this place, in the body and the flesh of this community of faith.  And I can’t express enough how grateful I am for all of you here right now, and for the fact that as we go forward into an unknown future, it is you, and the Christ in each of you, who will be at my side.

Respectfully submitted,

Lysander Puccio, warden

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

Special Thanks today to Ms. Bonnie Phelps for coordinating our Annual Poetry Sunday and to Ms. Liz Mellen for sharing her musical gifts with us while Janet Dorman is away. Thank you very much!

Thanks to all who helped with the Annual Meeting last week: Thank you to Ms. Delores Jones for her service as Warden for the past four years and many thanks to Radford Arrindel, Patrick Harding and Bill Smith for their dedicated service on the Vestry. We also welcome our new Warden, Dr. Dorothy Ross, and new Vestry Members Celia Braxton, Gary Sharp and Lisa Slocum. Also, thanks to Miguel Escobar who will serve as the Diocesan Convention delegate and Allen Mellen who will be the Alternate. We will be represented at the Manhattan North Interparish Council by Linda Burton, Edna Estime and Gloria Smith and thank them for their willingness to serve.  Special thanks to Gloria Smith for preparing a delicious lunch for us. Also: copies of reports are by the baptismal font.

TODAY: What a Neighborhood! Come celebrate the Creative Spirit in our neighborhood with a concert including new love songs by Ishmael Wallace and a piece by Aleksandra Vrebalov inspired by a chapel at the Cathedral. The concert is at 1:30 and is free to all with donations gratefully accepted. It will be short, with no intermission. Come early, at 12:40, to enjoy relaxing meditative movement in the Sanctuary!

TODAY: “Sweet Spirit” A Dance, Drama and Song Performance: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 3:30 pm at the Elmendorf Reformed Church, 171 E. 121st St. featuring a dramatic interpretation of the life of Lucy Nichols, an early member of St. Mary’s, by Christine Campbell and Janet Dorman. Sponsored by the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force.

Haiti: earthquake relief: Thanks to all who contributed to special collection. We raised $1000 which is already helping the Haitian people. Keep the Haitian people in your prayers.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and third Sunday each month. We will need a few volunteers to help make bag lunches after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, March 7th.

St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Every Saturday, 12 noon preparation and 2:00 pm street outreach. Come by if you can help. Please see Janet Dorman or Lysander Puccio if you can help. Please keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers. Thank you!!

Upcoming Events:

Episcopal Church Women: Meeting today: Feb. 28th following the 10:00 am service.

Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee next meeting: Sunday, March. 14th following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited.

Preaching next Sunday: Mar. 7: he Rev. Chris Furguson, World Council of Churches Liaison to the United Nations. We will also host a group of students from Wake Forest Divinity School led on an Urban Pilgrimage by the Rev. Douglas Bailey.

Manhattan North Interparish Council

Lenten Evening Prayer Services, Lent 2010

February 24, 2010    All Souls’ Church

88 St. Nicholas Ave. at 114th Street

March 3, 2010           St. Andrew’s Church

2067 Fifth Ave. at 127th Street

March 10, 2010         St. Ambrose Church

9 West 130th Street

March 17, 2010         St. Mary’s Church

521 West 126th Street, between Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway

March 24, 2010         Holyrood Church

715 West 179th Street at Ft. Washington Ave.

All services at 7:00 pm, followed by light refreshment and fellowship.

Come join us for this annual Lenten pilgrimage.